Nets Name Lionel Hollins Next Coach
Well that didn’t take long.
Just two days after shipping power-hungry coach Jason Kidd to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets found a new man to lead their team: Lionel Hollins.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Hollins and the Nets are in the advanced stages of contract negotiations, and that it’s only a matter of time until Hollins is officially named Brooklyn’s next coach. Stein say Hollins will receive in excess of $4 million per season as the Nets leader.
Hollins was rumored to be the leading candidate to replace Kidd ever since he was dealt on Monday, and those rumors proved true.
Hollins, 60, last coached for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2012-2013 NBA season. He led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals that year, but was fired during the offseason due to a fallout with management. The Grizzlies 56-26 record during his final year is the best mark the franchise has ever posted.
Hollins’ career record is 214-201 in the regular season and 18-17 in the playoffs.